Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past

Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past

by Judith M. Taylor


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Gardeners of today take for granted the many varieties of geraniums, narcissi, marigolds, roses, and other beloved flowers for their gardens. Few give any thought at all to how this incredible abundance came to be or to the people who spent a good part of their lives creating it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804011570
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Judith M. Taylor is the author of The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree; Tangible Memories: Californians and Their Gardens, 1800 to 1950; The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got into Your Garden, and Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past. She lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 History of Plant Breeding in Europe and America

Chapter 1 The Compression of History 17

The Development of Scientific Botany 18

New Movement in Horticulture 20

The Mutability of Species 24

Prosperity Resulting from Plant Hybridization 27

Advances in Biological Thought 28

Combining Theory with Empiricism 39

Ancient Chinese Advances 43

Chapter 2 The Onrush of New Plants 45

Distribution of the Imported Plants 49

Exotic Plants Now Commonplace 52

Part 2 Important Flower Breeders

Chapter 3 Flower Breeders in Europe 57

Ernst Benary 57

Blackmore and Langdon, or a Brief Treatise on the Delphinium 66

Karl Foerster 70

Carter's Tested Seeds: A Meditation upon the Sweet Pea 71

Haage & Schmidt 74

Thomas Laxton 76

Victor Lemoine 76

George Russell 84

Sutton's Seeds 89

Louis Van Houtte 91

Vilmorin-Andrieux 98

Chapter 4 Flower Breeders in the United States 100

George Ball 100

Luther Burbank 101

W. Atlee Burpee 104

Ellwanger and Barry 106

Claude Hope 109

Frank Reinelt 114

Part 3 Plants by Genus

Chapter 5 Shrubs 123

Azalea and Rhododendron 123

Camellia 159

Hydrangea 178

Lilac 180

Magnolia 190

Rose 200

Chapter 6 Herbaceous Plants 267

Begonia 267

Dahlia 283

Hemerocallis (the Daylily) 297

Lily 305

Marigold 314

Narcissus 343

Orchid 353

Pelargonium 365

Peony 377

Sweet Pea 385

Appendix: Benary Hybrids 419

Acknowledgments 421

Notes 429

Recommended Readings 447

Index 449

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